The Reformation (P/G)

Field: Church History
Unit Code(s): CH9700T (Class based) / CH9709T (Online)
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate Elective
Delivery mode: Face-to face and Online
Prerequisites: One unit of Church History at Foundational level

This unit examines the religious revolutions in sixteenth-century Europe. It explores the extraordinary development of European religious cultures, tracing the influence of Lutherans, Anglicans, Calvinists, and radical Protestants, as well as Catholic reforms and responses. The theologies and practices of these groups will be considered in relation to contemporary politics and popular culture. The unit begins with an examination of late medieval theology and piety and ends with the impact of reform in times and places beyond sixteenth-century Europe.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate basic knowledge of the major theological issues of sixteenth-century reform movements
  • assess the relative significance of the major historical precursors to the Reformation
  • critically analyse a range of early modern historical sources
  • identify causes of division in the sixteenth-century western Church and assess the extent of their contemporary resonances in the life of Australian Anglican communities
  • engage with and critically assess the historiographical debates on the causes and extent of the Reformation. 
  • 1,500-word journal on weekly tutorial topics (30%)
  • 1,500-word documentary analysis exercise (20%)
  • 3,000-word essay (50%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

Cameron, Euan. The European Reformation. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 2012.

Jones, M. D. W. The Counter-Reformation: Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Hillebrand, Hans, ed. The Protestant Reformation, Harper Perennial, 2009.

*Lindberg, Carter, ed. The European Reformations Sourcebook. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.

Lindberg, Carter. The European Reformations. Oxford: Blackwell, 1996.

MacCulloch, Diarmaid. The Reformation. London: Penguin, 2003.

Matheson, Peter. The Imaginative World of the Reformation. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2000.

McGrath, Alister. Reformation Thought: An Introduction. Rev. ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.

Ozment, S. Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution. New York: Image, 1993.

Payton, James R. Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2010.

Scribner, Robert. The Reformation in National Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994